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When is a bird a "birb"?

Looking at that little Kingfisher yesterday, it reminded me of something I read the other day about a "birb".......I'd like to say that this is more of an Americanism, but I think its more of an internet thingy with “Birb” being affectionate internet-speak for birds, of a certain type or category, tho the "rules" are far from clear.

I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a Birb.

This all started when the absurdist Twitter account BirdsRightsActivist tweeted the single word "Birb” out on November 2012; two years later, it had multiple entries in Urban Dictionary and a dedicated reddit forum.

The subreddit r/birbs defines a birb as any bird that’s “being funny, cute, or silly in some way." Urban Dictionary has a more varied set of definitions, many of which allude to a generalized smallness. Others disagree, saying that all birds are birbs.

I agree with r/birbs, but i'm not sure that a chunky bird is a borb, and a fluffed-up bird is a floof.

Here are two birds that could both qualify as Birbs, methinks, the Japanese/Swinhoe's White-Eye, and the Japanese Tit.


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